June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month! The Alzheimer’s Association is a national organization that has local chapters. They are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through research, provide enhanced care and support and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The Alzheimer’s Association is an excellent resource, not only for clients and families that are affected by Alzheimer’s but also for care managers, social workers and Aging Life Care Managers.
They are a collaborative organization. They send referrals to social workers, care managers and other professionals and they also accept referrals for their programs. It is an excellent partnership for geriatric professionals to foster.
In this blog post, we are going to address the benefits of working with them both for your clients and for your business!
Let’s first talk about how the Alzheimer’s Association is beneficial for your clients and their families.
Benefits for Clients & Families
Education: The Alzheimer’s Association provides excellent information that can be used for clients and their families to help them understand symptoms, find out about new research as well as treatment and clinical trial options.
Learn more about their educational resources here: https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/10_signs
In addition, they have a fantastic blog that has great articles pertaining to early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how families can help their loved ones, resources, recipes, and treatment options. You can even sort their blog post based on the categories you’re interested in. Check their blog posts out here: https://www.alz.org/blog/alz?searchtext=2020*+2019*&searchcategory=&searchmode=anyword
Support Groups: The Alzheimer’s Association offers both in-person and online support groups for caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s and others dealing with the disease.
Find an in person group here: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=0
Find an Online Community here: https://www.alzconnected.org/?_ga=2.195018543.381083834.1580833453-2112439669.1580397813
24/7 Help Line: The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 Helpline that is free. Families are able to speak with specialists to have questions answered and get referrals to local programs and services. This is a great free resource that many people are unaware of.
Benefits for Your Business:
Utilizing The Alzheimer’s Association for your clients and their families can have an immense impact on their lives but The Alzheimer’s Association can not only have an impact on your clients but also your business.
Here are some of the ways that The Alzheimer’s Association can help your business.
Referral Listing: As we discussed earlier, the Alzheimer’s Association provides referrals to local programs and services. They have a listing of various providers, adult day programs, elder law attorneys, transportation, housing as well as that geriatric care managers.
Set up a meeting with your local chapters Program Director or Director of Business Development & Marketing to discuss the services you offer and their process of adding to their resource listing. Below you can take a look at their community resource finder.
While you’re meeting with the Program or Marketing Director, ask about events that you can take part in.
- The Alzheimer’s Association many times will allow different organizations to present at lunch and learn sessions on various topics for both families impacted by Alzheimer’s as well as to local community organizations and providers.
- Identify if you can provide lunch for their staff and present your services to them so that they can get to know and understand what you can provide to clients and their families.
- Lastly, find out about large scale events that you can participate in by having an educational table where you can pass out information on your business and talk to potential clients and their families. They have various events throughout the year such as fundraisers, awareness walks and conferences. All of these opportunities will help to connect you to individuals and families who are dealing with alzheimers as well as to other providers and community based organizations that can act as a referral system to you.
Research & News: The Alzheimer’s Association’s website and app are great ways to keep up with the latest research, findings and clinical trials that are going on. You will be able to access information on grant programs, journals, conferences and even get notifications on any breaking new updates on treatment.
Learn more about their science hub here: https://www.alz.org/help-support/resources/the-alzheimer-s-association-science-hub
The Alzheimer’s Association is a wonderful organization for people living or affected by Alzheimer’s as well as businesses in the geriatric field.
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The Alzheimer’s Association (2020). Retrieved from: https://www.alz.org/